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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. According to a Washington Post story Nov. 9, an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

A retired Marine colonel is challenging Roy Moore in the race for Alabama's Senate seat



A retired Marine colonel plans on launching a long-shot write-in campaign to become Alabama’s next senator, according to The Washington Post.

The Post on Monday reported that Lee Busby also once served as a top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“I think you can flip this thing,” he said of Alabama’s Senate race. “If this were a military operation, the left flank and the right flank are heavily guarded.”

“I think that gives you an opportunity to run straight up the middle,” added Busby, a 60-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Busby said that neither GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore nor Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones are fit to represent Alabama in the upper chamber.

“I just don’t believe either one of them is qualified to be in the U.S. Senate,” he said of both men.

Busby added that he remains uncertain about the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, and that he opposes Jones’ views on abortion.

“It has created enough distaste in my mind,” he said of the accusations concerning Moore. “As a voter, I don’t need to get to the bottom of it.”

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“The people of Alabama are not going to be represented by someone who supports a liberal abortion policy,” Busby added of Jones.

“I’m extremely concerned about the Democratic Party in Alabama. I don’t think they reflect Alabama’s views.”

Busby earlier Monday lacked any formal campaign structure and a working website 15 days from Alabama’s Senate special election on Dec. 12.

The former Marine colonel noted he will run as an Independent, focusing on his background in the military, investment banking, defense contracting and entrepreneurship.

The Washington Post earlier this month reported a woman’s claims that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.

Multiple women have since accused Moore of sexual misconduct, with some claiming his behavior occurred when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Alabama’s tumultuous Senate race is to fill a seat vacated by Jeff Sessions earlier this year after President Trump made him attorney general.

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